Pontresina in 24 hours
Because time is prescious!
Pontresina in 24 hours
Because time is prescious!

A quick trip is worth its while as “Pontresina in 24 hours” clearly demonstrates

If you’re among those who wish to discover Pontresina on a quick trip before going on to book a full vacation, here’s just what you need: “Pontresina for the tireless”, “Pontresina for bon vivants” and “Pontresina for explorers”.

Pontresina for the tireless

Sleeping late is a drag on you? Keen on using your time to experience as much as possible? Prefer to be active rather than passive? So much the better! Here’s what to do arriving in Pontresina in the evening with your stomach rumbling:

  • Have dinner at your hotel’s restaurant
  • Stroll along Via Maistra and pick a restaurant, lounge or hotel lobby (e.g. Pitschna Scena, Gianottis or Sports bar).
  • Treat yourself to fondue or raclette at Gondolezza, a former cable-car gondola. (Reservation a must because of limited capacity.)

For you, the morning after starts at early hours, of course. These are the most appropriate morning activities, depending on the season and the shape you’re in:

  • White Carpet at Corviglia! Pick the early-bird skiing offer and draw the first traces on freshly prepared runs.
  • Climb a peak in breathtaking morning light! Whether by mountain bike or on foot, an early ascent is worth its while!
  • Venture onto the marathon trail!  Covering part of the Engadine Ski Marathon course on perfectly groomed trails is any cross-country skier’s dream!

After the effort, relax at Bellavita Pool & Spa, visiting the steam bath or revitalising saunas both indoors and outdoors. 

Pontresina for bon vivants

Pontresina spells pure Alpine pleasure. Socialising and gourmandising are part and parcel of it. Arriving in the evening and feeling hungry? You’ll find gastronomic options aplenty. Here’s a shortlist for various gourmand preferences:

  • Have dinner at your hotel’s restaurant
  • Enjoy a game dish at Hotel Steinbock’s Colani Stübli restaurant or some tender meat at Crap da Fö, Hotel Palü.
  • Go on a culinary trip to southern neighbour Italy at Hotel Walther’s La Trattoria restaurant.
  • Treat yourself to sophisticated fish specialities in a stylish setting at Hotel Müller’s Stüva and Stüvetta, or some fresh and high-grade fish dishes at Restaurant & Arvensaal at Kochendörfer’s Hotel Albris.

With your hunger satisfied, you may want to quench your thirst. No matter whether you prefer luxurious or casual, Pontresina is all about ambience, particularly when it comes to a well-earnt nightcap. Good to know that all hotel lobbies and bars are open to the public.

The morning after is for sleeping late. Next, you either treat yourself to a rich breakfast at your hotel or skip it to go on straight to brunch:

Continue on leisurely as it is not recommended to perform physically straining activities on a full stomach. To take a walk would certainly not overtax you, but why not go for something more leisurely, such as: 

  • a trip to picturesque Val Roseg in a horse-drawn carriage; 
  • an outing to Muottas Muragl, probably the most popular vantage point in the Upper Engadine; or
  • a visit to the Kronenhof Spa, one of the largest and most impressive relaxation refuges in the Upper Engadine.

Pontresina for explorers

You’re always eager to learn? You like taking a deep-dive into culture, customs and local culinary delights? Arriving at Pontresina in the evening, you can choose between dinner at your hotel’s restaurant or one of these options:

Leaving your hotel early the following morning will give you time for exploring the surroundings:

  • Train trip to Alp Grüm, the well-known panoramic station along the Bernina railway line. Easily accessible by Rhaetian Railway from Pontresina. Have some home-made capuns, pizzoccheri or an original glacier fondue in the restaurant.
  • Diavolezza, the panoramic mountain close to heaven. Mountaintop building at almost 3,000 metres above sea level, with a view of the Bernina range, Piz Palü and one of the most beautiful mountain backdrops in the Alps.
  • Muottas Muragl panorama trail following in Segantini’s footsteps. World-famous painter Giovanni Segantini loved the scenery opening up to him at Schafberg. Take the railway up to Muottas Muragl from where to walk the panorama trail through pine-tree forests, past Schafberg and always with the Bernina mountain range in sight. Have a bite and a drink at Alp Languard before a leisurely chairlift ride back down to Pontresina. 

If your curiosity is still unsatisfied, you must pay a visit to the Alpine Museum and its exhibitions on summer and winter mountaineering. You’ll get impressive insight in the pioneering times of mountain-climbing such as the period when the highest peaks in the Bernina range were conquered for the first time. 

How about discovering the world and, in particular, the Engadine landscape and culture through the eyes of an unconventional local photographer? If you feel like it, visit L’Atelier Gian Giovanoli.

If you wish to find out more about food and drink in Pontresina and the Engadine, you may want to visit the Morteratsch Alpine cheese dairy to get authentic insight in traditional cheese-making. And why not go to Gianottis confectionery for all the sweet temptations you may have ever dreamt of, from Engadiner Nusstorte, a caramelised nut-filled pastry, through local almond cake to shockingly delicious chocolate specialities?